Our family has a nasty habit of throwing medicines in the linen closet with no rhyme or reason. That means that every time we needed medicine for illness, allergies, or any other reason, we couldn’t find what we needed. Often that meant that we ended up buying new packages when there was plenty in the cabinet. Over time, the bottles and boxes would build up to a mess of expired medications.
It’s not only inefficient, but it’s wasteful. A few weeks ago, I decided to get the mess under control. Of course, the first thing I went to get were some pretty woven baskets…because it’s just so much easier to keep things organized when they look nice, right?
Custom Organization for Woven Storage Baskets
Hello Diary of a Real Housewife friends! It’s Leslie again from the blog From Play Dates to Parties, where I share my love for all things crafty, tasty, and celebratory. Today I want to share with you a simple solution to organize your storage baskets, so you don’t have to go rifling through the clutter every time you need something.
You see, I love to use woven baskets for my storage solutions. We have them all over the house to hold everything from extra odds and ends in the kitchen to the overgrown supply of baby and kid toys in our living room.
This fall, I took on the challenge of updating our linen closet not only to be efficient but also beautiful. Which for me meant plenty of pretty baskets to hold all the bottles and pills and bandages that come with a family of five.
One day, when updating our flat-panel door with framing, I noticed that the plastic ‘glass’ inserts would be going to waste. Then I realized that they would be the perfect way to line our woven hyacinth baskets in case some of our medicines spilled. Add in a couple foam core dividers (left over from another fun project), and you’ve got storage that’s both functional and pretty. I only wish this kind of stash-busting slash organizing happened more regularly!
How to Make Dividers and a Plastic Liner for Storage Baskets
- Woven basket
- Clear plastic frame inserts or plastic placemats (you want a surface that is solid, but flexible)
- Foam Core or corrugated cardboard
- Chalk pen
- Box cutter
- cutting surface
- Optional: spray paint or fabric
For the plastic liner:
- Measure out the inside area of your basket.
- Reduce each measurement by about 1/4 inch and then mark the measurements on the plastic liner using a ruler and the chalk pen.
- Place the plastic liner on your cutting surface and place your ruler next to the marked line. Using the ruler as a guide, run the box cutter along the marked line two times. Don’t worry about cutting all the way through, just make sure that the plastic is well scored.
- Lift the plastic up and gently bend it with one hand on either side of the cut line. The plastic should break into two clean pieces along the line you scored.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the remaining sides until the liner matches the measurements.
- Make sure the liner fits snug in the bottom of your basket. If it is too large, carefully cut away small sections until it fits properly.
For the Dividers
- Measure the width and height of your storage basket. (Hint: you can use the measurements from the liner for the width)
- This time, only reduce the height measurement by 1/4 inch. Mark the foam core with the full width and reduced height.
- Carefully cut the foam core using a box cutter. Foam core is notoriously hard to cut, so placing a ruler next to the blade as you cut helps to keep the cuts even and clean.
- To up the pretty factor, apply a very light coat of spray paint to the foam core. Do not spray too heavy, or the outer paper will warp when drying. I trimmed the edge with gold nail polish, but you can easily hot glue some ribbon along the edge to hide the foam center.
Now that we have such organized storage, we should have no problem finding what we need. So there’s no excuse for dropping medicines in the linen closet without putting them away. Hopefully, this will inspire you to get your baskets neat and tidy, too. If you want to see more family-friendly tutorials, feel free to check out my blog, or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.